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Showcase House 2014

Showcase House 2014

One of the most interesting, fun, and historical elements on the 3+ acre lot with the 1915 country estate, site of the 2014 Pasadena Showcase House of Design, is the minute, partially submerged Creekside Spring House. It was built with river rock and actually pre-dates the house. We were told that farming used to be [...]

Koertge at Boston Court

Koertge at Boston Court

The drive is okay:  A.C. on high (it’s torrid in Los Angeles, with the usual muslin-yellow sky), radio up, some gratifying amiable/envious/admiring/lubricious glances. At the mall, she has to park at the top of a new structure, following a ramp so circuitous it’s like an inner ear. Is she going to emerge under the invisible [...]

Going to the Fringe

Going to the Fringe

“Is Shylock really a villain? Is Macbeth?” These are the questions poised by the devotees of Shakespeare who constitute the California Shakespeare Ensemble. Villains, which debuted in November 2013, questions what it means to be a villain and speculates that “The Bard’s more complex villains may actually show us how much evil is in all of [...]

Bloomin’ Roses

Bloomin’ Roses

From a delicate individual rose with striated white and scarlet petals to luminescent pearl, sun-backed petals, the roses are in bloom. Strolling the neighborhood, we experienced this week’s cool winds carrying mere hints to intense blasts of rose bouquet.                                 [...]

School Garden Need a Facelift? Apply Now

School Garden Need a Facelift?  Apply Now

The salsa company La Victoria is offering to makeover one California school’s garden. Know of one that could use a facelift? Enter by April 30th. The winning school will be the recipient of everything needed to start and maintain a garden, including supplies and tools, expert growing instructions, follow-up visits from a horticulturist, and recipes [...]

Diane Keaton: Vroman’s Presents

Diane Keaton:  Vroman’s Presents

Have a child who swims at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center? Then maybe you’ve seen one of America’s most iconic actresses keeping her eyes peeled on a particular lane during a particular race. Diane Keaton. Looking her true age (68) with an endearing smile and none of her onscreen stammer, she usually keeps her trilby-type [...]

White Satin Wedding

White Satin Wedding

Lori and Scott Webster, owners of the new Hoopla! in Altadena (formerly Webster’s Fine Stationary) are sharing not only their wedding photo but their story, in support of the White Satin Wedding Show coming in September. Scheduled to appear and share their knowledge are Tobey Dodge of Wedding Connection who has personally coordinated 800 weddings [...]

Champagne + Ponies (& an Easter Egg Hunt)

Champagne + Ponies (& an Easter Egg Hunt)

Want to step out of the box this Easter? Nix the ham and have some roasted free range Jidori chicken, steak and eggs, or seared basil salmon. Reject chocolate bunnies and order a Bananas Foster chocolate chip scone or a fruit mousse tostada. It’s brunch and a glass of champagne at Santa Anita Park’s Turf [...]

Free Tuesday: Edible Landscaping

Free Tuesday:  Edible Landscaping

Here’s how she feels about plants: In a blog posting at Root Simple, Mrs. Homegrown, aka Kelly Coyne, is explaining how to deal with extremely root-bound plants—that is easily diagnosed when you take a plant out of its container and see more root than dirt. Coyne states that if gently pulling the roots apart does [...]

Wildflowers, Earth Day, Spring Break, & Stories Under the Oaks

Wildflowers, Earth Day, Spring Break, & Stories Under the Oaks

The California Native Garden is full of spring blooms and on display during Descanso Gardens’ Earth Day Celebration. Little ones can “make and take” Earth Day crafts from the Redwood Rest or head to Magnolia Lawn and “make and take” a science project. Under the oaks, the California Shakespeare Ensemble tell nature-inspired stories suited to [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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